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Date: Sun, 5 Aug 2012 23:55:38 -0400
From: Rich Rumble <>
Subject: Re: Distributed and Decrementing Dumb External modes

On Sun, Aug 5, 2012 at 11:34 PM, Solar Designer <> wrote:
> As you're aware, the --node option does not exist in any released
> version of JtR yet. ;-)  Where it does exist, it is currently slow with
> external modes (so is only usable on slow/salted hashes), but is fast
> with incremental mode (so you could use that instead - which would be
> better for other reasons anyway).
Yep, and understood.
> For example, DumbForce-az8 searches "aaaaaaaa" through "zzzzzzzz", and
> it starts at "aaaaaaaa".  However, DumbForce-az8-b starts at "baaaaaaa"
> and DumbForce-az8-c starts at "caaaaaaa".
Thanks for taking the time to create these! I'm going to try them now!!!
> BTW, the starting/current password for DumbForce, KnownForce, and some
> other external modes may also be specified by interrupting, editing the
> .rec file (you only need to edit the password itself, not any numbers),
> and restoring - although that's a hack.
It is a hack, and one I have proudly tried :)
Thanks again, I know I am going to have more questions around the
external modes, and hopefully my own contributions as well.

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